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Max Averbach – Horizon [Deepwibe Underground]

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Deepwibe Underground ushers in the new year by welcoming Max Averbach to the label for his debut EP. The Canadian artist first appeared on the progressive house underground in June of last year with a single for Russia’s BQ Recordings. EP’s for A Must Have and Electronic Tree soon followed, along with two well received remixes for BQ. Perhaps most significant was a contribution to 3rd Avenue’s popular ‘We Are The Future’ series. Released in September it solidified Max as a name to watch but little is known about this Toronto resident. Although a new name, Max has been following the genre’s landscape for nearly two decades. His passion began at the age of 17 after going to some of the city’s finest underground clubs. At the time Max was unaware of what he was hearing but the names Hernan Cattaneo, Steve Lawler, Satoshi Tomiie, Sander Kleinenberg and others resonated strongly with him. It was not long after Max discovered his passion was progressive music and his tastes refined quickly as he became familiar with Chris Micali and Andre Absolut, who were two of the more cutting edge artists of that era. At the age of 22 Max started experimenting with production, and with the help of books and watching tutorials the Canadian slowly refined his craft to where is today. He capped off a successful 2019 with an EP for Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic’s Mistique Music and looks towards what should be an even better 2020, beginning with his Deepwibe Underground debut ‘Horizon’.

Spread across three tracks it’s the title selection ‘Horizon’ which gets the release underway. Tough and driving, it’s a piece that sits comfortably in the old school sounds of progressive house. Beginning with a punchy kick, deliberate percussion and buzzing arps it’s hypnotic appeal is undeniable. Rising atmospheres advance the narrative before a short break introduces a distinctive vocal sample to set up a rousing finale.

Sitting at the EP’s midway point is ‘Flash’ which comes in a bit deeper but with the same tough, brooding qualities of it’s predecessor. It’s robust low end undulates with great shape and character, as astral arps and gaseous atmospheres provide a surreal environment. The main break takes you further into the cosmos with shimmering synths elevating mood for a tasteful drop and suitably trippy conclusion.

The release concludes with the hypnotic sensibilities of ‘Exile’. Anchored by chunky slabs of bass and clattering percussion it’s quite evident that although at the beginning of his career Max has already developed a distinctive sound. Buzzing tones make for a lively rhythmic core, subtly building momentum across the first act, before smoothly segueing into a second movement of luminous overlays, ultimately peaking during the main break before the rumbling groove takes you home. It caps off three stunning tracks from Max who continues to be one of the progressive scenes rising talents. Another great signing for Deepwibe Underground. Don’t miss it.

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Release Date: 06-01-2020

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